The Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) Gender Activism Club has released a series of pictures of female students holding a whiteboard with sentences starting with “My vagina says.”
According to Foreign Policy, the pictures were released on Renren to promote an upcoming performance of the Vagina Monologues on campus. The feminist pictures have been widely shared throughout social media and elicited thousands of comments. While many of these expressed support for the campaign, predictably, most responses were misogynistic and missed the point entirely.
Here are a few of the photos in question with ChinaSmack’s translations, followed by some backward responses from Weibo:
My vagina says: She wants to be heard; to be seen; to be recognised!
My vagina says: I want freedom.
My vagina says: I can be coquettish but you cannot harass!
My vagina says: I’ll let whoever I want inside.
For more of the photos with translation, click here.
Here are some of the Weibo comments:
黄山下的愚民：”I support fighting for female empowerment, but there should be a more elegant way to express it.”
叫我M字頭：”As expected, they are all ugly.”
红猫代理上尉：”May I ask who is prepared to marry these feminists?”
Taoist_Mua: “The quality of girls at Beijing Foreign Studies University can’t have been reduced to this level, has it? Seeing their faces, I’ve lost all interest in their vaginas;”
数星星的彼得：Wouldn’t having an orgasm be what they want the most?
With explicit cases of sexism still widespread in China (as in much of the world…) let’s hope that more campaigns like this help to change local attitudes.
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